Aug. 20, 2010
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WACO, Texas - Seeing his first live game-type action at Floyd Casey Stadium since tearing the ACL in his right knee nearly 11 months ago, sophomore quarterback Robert Griffin III was an extremely efficient 17-of-21 for 183 yards and two touchdowns on Friday as the Baylor Bears went through their second scrimmage of the fall camp.
"Like I told coach (Art) Briles, for me personally, it was another notch on the progress line," said Griffin, who missed the last 9 ½ games of the '09 season after earning Freshman All-America honors in 2008. "Being back here for the first time after tearing my ACL here was a big thing for me, mentally. I didn't come out here fired up, like, `Let's go!' But for me, it was sentimental. I'm back on this field, and it felt good to be back out here."
Despite a lapse by the first-team defense on its final series - Nick Florence hit a wide-open Tevin Reese for a juggling, 43-yard TD grab on a third-and-long - Briles deemed the scrimmage an overall success.
"I think early, we really came out with a lot of focus, a lot of energy, executed well offensively and played good defense," Briles said. "(The defense) kind of wore a little bit there at the end. We also had some guys in there that are not considered starters right now up front. But they've got to get in there and apply pressure when they're in those situations."
Led by Griffin, the first-team offense was clicking right from the start, putting together an impressive 11-play, 73-yard scoring drive. A perfect 7-of-7 for 69 yards on the drive, Griffin hit Terrance Williams for 14 yards on a third-and-9 play, Lanear Sampson for 28 and then Sampson again for the 10-yard TD pass.
"I think we focused small," Griffin said. "The defense came out last week and was just moving around a lot faster than we were. But this week, we came out and we learned a lot from our mistakes, especially me. We put together a good drive and even converted a third-and-long situation. The momentum was just moving from there on our part, so that was good to see."
After the defense forced a quick three-and-out, it took Griffin's first-team unit just two plays to score again. He rolled right to avoid a rush and hit Reese for 21 yards and then connected with Williams on a quick slant pass for the 17-yard TD.
Facing a mixture of second- and third-team defenders, the second-team offense drove 70 yards on just five plays. Florence hit Glasco Martin out of the backfield for 17 yards and then found freshman receiver Levi Norwood on back-to-back plays for 29 and 27 yards to finish it off.
Norwood, who struggled with a couple early drops in last Saturday's scrimmage, finished as the leading receiver with 116 yards on five catches. Williams had 65 yards on five catches, while Reese had 75 yards on three receptions.
"(Levi) had a really good day. He's had a good fall camp, so that wasn't surprising at all," Briles said. "Tevin Reese did well, not surprising at all. I would like to have had (fellow freshman receiver Antwan Goodley) get a catch or two, because he's really done well. But those guys have practiced hard and done well."
Other than Florence's 43-yard TD strike to Reese, the rest of the scoring came from kickers Aaron Jones and Ben Parks. Jones hit field goals of 29, 26 and 42 yards and was 2-for-2 on extra points, while Parks connected from 31 and 42.
Florence solidified his hold on the back-up QB job, hitting 10-of-17 for 149 yards and two TDs. With two of the starting offensive linemen out with injuries, the running game was not nearly as effective. Walk-on running back Evan Hearn led the way with 25 yards on seven totes.
Defensively, redshirt freshman end Terrance Lloyd wreaked havoc with three sacks and five total tackles. Linebacker Elliot Coffey and cornerback Clifton Odom added five stops apiece, while junior defensive tackle Nicolas Jean-Baptiste had two sacks among his three tackles.
"We didn't run the ball as well as we're going to have to do," Briles said. "That's one area that we certainly need to improve on, and we had some penalties that hurt some drives. But all in all, once again, nobody got hurt. So that's a plus. And we're getting close to game time. So that's a plus."
The Bears open the season Sept. 4 at home against Sam Houston State. Kickoff is slated for 6 p.m.
Lanear Sampson 10 pass from Robert Griffin III (Aaron Jones kick)
Terrance Williams 17 pass from Robert Griffin III (Aaron Jones kick)
Aaron Jones 29 FG
Ben Parks 31 FG
Levi Norwood 27 pass from Nick Florence (No kick)
Aaron Jones 26 FG
Jarred Salubi 2 run (Aaron Jones kick)
Tevin Reese 43 pass from Nick Florence (No kick)
Aaron Jones 42 FG
Ben Parks 42 FG
Levi Norwood 5-116 TD; Terrance Williams 5-65 TD; Tevin Reese 3-75 TD; Stacy Williams 3-35; Lanear Sampson 2-38 TD; Darius Jones 2-18; Kaeron Johnson 2-15; Josh Gordon 2-13; Travis McClain 2-7; Glasco Martin 1-17; Evan Hearn 1-12; Isaac Williams 1-4; Krys Buerck 1-3; Jerod Monk 1-3; Willie Jefferson 1-2; Jarred Salubi 1-[-2]
Elliot Coffey 5; Terrance Lloyd 5; Clifton Odom 5; Chris Francis 4; Tim Atchison 3; Mikail Baker 3; Ahmad Dixon 3; Nicolas Jean-Baptiste 3; Byron Landor 3; Clarence Lee 3; Bryce Hager 2; Prince Kent 2; Gary Mason Jr. 2; Chris McAllister 2; Antareis Bryan 1; Chris Buford 1; Rodney Chadwick 1; Kedrick Dial 1; Antonio Johnson 1; Dominique Jones 1; Logan Lanier 1; LeQuince McCall 1; Kevin Park 1; Earl Patin 1; Reggie Rice 1; Jeramie Roberts 1; Tyler Stephenson 1; Sean Watson 1.